Long-term study on exercise improving kids' cognitive skills

There have been quite a few short-term studies on exercise and improved cognitive skills, but these researchers wanted a long-term study that proved causation (not just association). So they went to an elementary school and recruited 220 kids between 8 and 9. (This is thought to be an important age because it's when the brain "experiences a leap" in executive function.)...more

Body fat and your brain

Ready to lose some weight? Good, because so is your brain. Losing weight- by exercise OR surgery- can reverse the negative effects that body fat has on the brain. Here are some interesting points:1. If you're obese, you have a 35% higher chance of developing Alzheimer's-compared to your peers of "normal" weight....more

The influence of siblings on your weight

My son is relatively fit. He gets plenty of fresh air and exercise (way more than I do), and he likes to show me his "big muscles." As parents, we are trying to reinforce the idea of staying healthy. We are slowly winning him over - not to the point of eating vegetables - but our son definitely requests that we run around outside, go swimming, ride bikes and do other activities that are really active. ...more

Obese children slower to recognize and correct their errors

It seems like every day there's a new finding linking weight and cognition in some way.This latest one is a study from the University of Illinois that found that obese children don't recognize and correct their errors as quickly as healthy-weight kids....more

Weight & Pregnancy, or The Curse of the Junk In the Trunk

So as we have discussed before weight is a factor in a successful pregnancy (duh).  So with me "passing inspection" this is the last hurdle.  Fertility clinics have strict rules about BMI (this was one of the 'rules' clinics have accepting you as a patient) and, despite the fact you can be in pretty great health- weight withstanding, they can decline to inseminate you if you are not at or under the BMI cap....more

PCOS: Or How to Ruin a Girl's Day

Everything in our journey to begin artificial insemination has been fab until yesterday.  I was diagnosed with PCOS.  I have always struggled with weight and irregular periods so this makes sense.  But it doesn't make it any easier.  My post covers this with a witty tie to a 19th century novel.  Stay with me....more

Don't Get Cancer if You're Obese: Short-Changing Chemotherapy

Imagine being diagnosed with cancer, going through grueling chemotherapy treatments, and discovering that the therapy wasn't successful... due to a withholding of the proper chemotherapy dose.  For 40% of obese patients, that nightmare is a reality when they receive 85% of the necessary dose due to their weight. ...more
Obesity and Chemotherapy, a subject that has received allot more attention these last few years ...more

Health Salad: a Roundup of Health News

In the past two days, I've bookmarked a lot of interesting health-related articles.  They run the gamut from the brain to weight to cancer... in other words, a holistic health salad looking at all parts of the human body. ...more
I could only hear the first one, so I'm not dead anyway!more

It’s Okay, You’re Just Fat: Finding Medical Care for the Obese

It’s not something that many people talk about when they are ill and need to see the doctor. Like many things surrounding obesity, most people who are obese prefer to swallow their pride and their hurt and try to access treatment for their illnesses, anyway, despite the roadblocks that are thrown up. But I am tired of being someone who smiles tightly whenever my weight is brought up at any doctor’s appointment, no matter if I’m there for my blood pressure or if I’m there for a sore throat....more

Older overweight women who lose weight improve their memory

This is good news! Lose weight and get some memory skills back. The women in this study had an average age of 61, but maybe it applies other ages as well. And after these women dieted, the activity in their brains actually changed. This was visible on MRIs. The women were split into 2 groups; one group followed the Caveman Diet, and the other followed the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations. Both groups lost weight and both saw memory improvements. Here's the article: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/262073.php...more